Wallace And Grommit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit (2006)
Directed By Nick Park and Steve Box. Cert: PG. Running Time: 2 Hours 3 Mins. Aardman is a hallmark of quality. The team seems to have the Midas touch. If only every single film-maker paid as much attention to detail or so lovingly created each piece of scenery and lit it so well. This is like the best children’s books, and of course films, in that there is stuff for the kids and the adults. You mention Wallace and Gromit and you have a guaranteed audience already. They are as easily identifiable as The Simpsons, and in their own smaller way just as much-loved. That old adage about if you know where you are going just enjoy the ride applies here but never has it been easier to do. The time flies by. And it’s probably been said before, but you love those two lumps of plasticine. Strange or not? That they can make you care more than flesh and blood actors? There’s enough inventiveness and panache in this film to shame big budget buffoons who throw money at lost causes. You care about the vegetable growers, about Wallace’s love interest, about his plight. And you are happy when they succeed. Gripping, funny, another unmissable triumph.